Apr 2 ... Egypt's sitting president, Sisi, former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, wins a second term as president in elections against a sole minor opposition candidate. More serious challengers are said to have either withdrawn or to have been arrested.
Apr 4 ...President Trump signs a proclamation directing the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.–Mexico border to fight illegal immigration.
Apr 5 ... In Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ("Lula") is leading in the polls as a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections. He is a labor leader and conservatives dislike him. He is charged with corruption and sent to prison.
Apr 5 ... President Trump has listed more than 1,300 categories of Chinese imports for tariffs, and China has responded by imposing tariffs on 128 products it imports from the US, including soybeans. Yesterday, Trump said he was considering tariffs on more Chinese imports.
Apr 8 ... In Syria at least 70 people are reported to have died and hundreds suffering injuries after a sarin chemical attack in the town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, just east of Damascus.
Apr 11 ... President Trump signs a sex trafficking bill that reduces legal protections for websites that enable sex trafficking.[1
Apr 14 ... President Trump authorizes joint military strikes with France and Britain against Syria.
Apr 22... President Trump tweets that North Korea has agreed to denuclearize.
Apr 23 ... In Toronto, Alek Minassian, age 25, is arrested for attacking a crowd of people with his car, killing 10 and injuring 16. He will be described as disturbed because of his being an involuntary celibate.
Apr 27 ... Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea to meet President Moon Jae-in, becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the Demilitarized Zone since its creation in 1953.
Apr 30 ... Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents documentation of Iran not holding up its end of the Iran nuclear deal. Iran denounces Netanyahu's presentation as "propaganda".
May 8 ... President Trump announces in a speech that the United States will withdraw from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and will reinstate sanctions on Iran. He says the deal never should have been made. France, Germany, and the UK release a rare joint statement expressing their regret and concern. They will stay with the agreement.
May 31 ... The Trump administration announces that starting at midnight the US will extend its tariffs on imported steel and aluminium to include imports from the European Union, Mexico, and Canada. Mexico and the European Union say they will impose countermeasures. A spokesperson for the British government says the United Kingdom is "deeply disappointed."
Jun 9 ... Prime Minister Trudeau describes US tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminium as "kind of insulting." Trump labels Trudeau as "very dishonest and meek." Canadians are outraged.
Jun 10 ... Politico reports that Trump frequently and routinely tears up papers that government officials later tape together for archiving to ensure that Trump doesn't violate the Presidential Records Act.
Jun 12 ... Trump and Kim Jong-un hold a summit in Singapore. They issue a joint statement describing their meeting as a "comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new [US-North Korean] relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula." Vague pledges of nuclear disarmament have been made. Trump describes Kim as "very talented."
Jun 19 ... US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announces the US is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council. She accuses the council of bias against Israel.
Jun 24 ... The is joy and celebration in Saudi Arabia as women are allowed to drive.
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